Harnessing the Wind for British Columbia 

The Meikle Wind facility is located approximately 33km north of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace Region and provides clean, renewable energy to help meet the provincial government’s clean energy objectives.

Meikle Wind generates electricity equal to the annual needs of 54,000 British Columbian homes. The facility reached commercial operation in January of 2017 as the largest wind facility in British Columbia, increasing the installed wind power capacity in the province by 37%.  The complete press release announcing the start of operation is available here.

Over the 25-year term of the power purchase agreement with BC Hydro, Meikle Wind will contribute more than $70 million dollars in payments for property taxes, the Crown lease, Wind Participation Rent, and community benefits.

The wind facility was thoughtfully designed and planned, incorporating input from the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd communities, First Nations, and the provincial government. Meikle Wind received its Environmental Assessment Certificate in June 2014 and its lands license in September 2014.  

Located on Provincial Crown Lands and within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations, the involvement and support of First Nations throughout development was fundamental to the project’s success.